TMC MPs Heckling Row: TMC Announces State-Wide Protest


Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) will observe “black day” throughout West Bengal on August 4 and 5 to protest against the detention and “manhandling” of its leaders at the Silchar airport in Assam on Thursday, a senior party leader said on Friday.

TMC secretary general and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said the party will observe “black day” in every block and district of the state on Saturday and Sunday.

“We condemn the way the public representatives were manhandled and detained by the Assam police at the Silchar airport. They being MPs had every right to visit a place, but all rules were violated and our party delegation was stopped. This is shameful,” he told reporters in Kolkata. The TMC party members will wear black badges.

AITC has tweeted:

“Trinamool to observe ‘Black Day’ wearing black badges in every block of #Bengal on 4-5 August to protest against the heckling of our party leaders in Silchar. Our slogan will be ‘দানবিক সরকার, আর নেই দরকার’ (we don’t need this monstrous government anymore) – Partha Chatterjee”

An eight-member TMC delegation, which had six MPs, were stopped at the Silchar airport when they tried to enter Assam’s Cachar district to assess the ground realities after the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in the north-eastern state on Monday.